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can i give my 2 year old melatonin?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: Melatonin can be given to two year olds. The question though is why do you want to? Melatonin is a lousy sleeping pill; it is a sleep cycle regulator, not a medicine used to induce sleep. It is useful for helping to change bedtimes or for jet lag etc. If you're trying to put your child to sleep, have you tried warm milk? Chamomile? Baths before bedtime? Bedtime stories?
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Maybe: Though "natural" melatonin has not been studied for normal kids. It is mostly used in autistic children with sleep disturbance or other significant behavioral issues. It is most likely safe, but if you can avoid it then do so until at a safer age of over 3 yrs old. If u give it, start with 0.5 mg and increase slowly to max of 2 mg. Plan to use only for 2-3 wks while u stablish a sleep routine.

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Yes its a relatively: Benign pill to take though whether it will help you is a separate question. Good luck.
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